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December 12, 2017

UA gala aims for billion; Facebook leaks some attendees



The secretive University of Arkansas gala last night in Fayetteville to supercharge the campus   fund-raising campaign included promotion of a billion-dollar goal.

Recognize anyone in the top photo?

You’ll recall that the public wasn’t invited; that the university refused to release a guest list and that it has otherwise been evasive, occasionally churlish, about questions posed in the runup and execution of the $450,000 dinner, at which university employees made up a good third of the guests.

Nonetheless, some photos hit Facebook, including a shot of what appears to be a program listing of some of the big shots who were invited or honored, prominent among them former Chancellor David Gearhart, whose experiences with fund-raising have been well chronicled. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was reportedly on hand, among others shielded from scrutiny by UA for supposed  “competitive” purposes.  Walmart and the Waltons might be solicited for money for a university in which they already hold a controlling stake? Top-secret stuff, that.


The secretive University of Arkansas gala last night in Fayetteville to supercharge the campus   fund-raising campaign included promotion of a billion-dollar goal.

Recognize anyone in the top photo?

You’ll recall that the public wasn’t invited; that the university refused to release a guest list and that it has otherwise been evasive, occasionally churlish, about questions posed in the runup and execution of the $450,000 dinner, at which university employees made up a good third of the guests.

Nonetheless, some photos hit Facebook, including a shot of what appears to be a program listing of some of the big shots who were invited or honored, prominent among them former Chancellor David Gearhart, whose experiences with fund-raising have been well chronicled. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon was reportedly on hand, among others shielded from scrutiny by UA for supposed  “competitive” purposes.  Walmart and the Waltons might be solicited for money for a university in which they already hold a controlling stake? Top-secret stuff, that.

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